A kickstarter campaign is underway to fund building the UK’s first Museum of Youth Culture and it's reached it's initial fundraising milestone of raising the money to make it happen.
Having collected photographs, clothing and rave ephemera over the years, the online archive called Youth Club, has been looking for funding for a permanent Museum of Youth Culture in London – designed to be a free education space including a darkroom and gallery. The plan is to launch the museum next year, in 2020.
The team behind Youth Club Archive said, “We think it’s about time a permanent museum is dedicated to the specific needs of youth culture, subculture, and social history without the agenda of big institutions or curatorial bias.”
Patrons will benefit from merch packages including a limited edition print, VIP early bird access to all exhibitions, talks and events, member-only events and unlimited access to both the online and physical archive.
Youth Club Archive are also planning on launching a free immersive, pop-up show in central London. The exhibition will pilot the physical museum with VR experiences, educational workshops, masterclasses and free public talks by key youth culture figures.
Originally formed from the archives of London-based club culture magazine Sleazenation, Youth Club Archive’s collection features over 100,000 photographs, slides and objects from various eras – including the acid house, northern soul, emo and punk scenes.
The Museum of Youth Culture has already built an impressive network of strategic long term partners including Google Arts & Culture, Mayor of London, Southbank Centre, Barbican, Transport for London, V&A, Tate Britain, Vibration Group, Depop, Dr Martens and Fred Perry.
Already a renowned resource in the academic sector, the Museum of Youth Culture archive maintains long term partnerships with University Degree programmes including Fashion Design, Fashion Promotion and Sociology, providing access, workshops and academic support for students researching youth culture and social history.
If you can support the initiative please contribute to the Kickstarter campaign here.
Submit your photographs to the collection
They are also looking for photographs to build up the most accurate picture of youth in Britain by asking the public to send photographs of life growing up. You can submit your own photographs to become part of the collection by sending digital image files to: www.youthclubarchive.com/submit.
Have any free time? Volunteer to help the museum
Whether it's helping organise the archive, supporting social media, assisting an event or even just connecting us with interesting people, the museum would love to hear from any potential volunteers. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Story image credit: Eric Charles